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Today, reply is made to correct errors confusing Jacob’s daughter and the daughter-in-law of Judah.  The origin for the tribe of Judah as the line that would put forth the Messiah is only dimly prefigured in the account of Tamar playing the whore at a time when temple prostitution was widely practiced in Canaan to demand justice after seeking lawful Levirate marriage with the sons of Judah.  Even so, important sacred knowledge is shared on redemption and righteousness.  “Father Dickinson” (Level 1 with 79 points, a member since August 14, 2017) posted the following:

 

This morning, a young man in my study group asked me a question I couldn’t answer. Can some good Christians help?

During my children’s group, “Touching Kids for Jesus”, a young man asked how Jacob’s daughter was moral for tricking him into sex (Genesis chapter 38). What should I have told him?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And this is the blessing of Judah:  and he said, Hear, LORD, the voice of Judah, and bring him unto his people:  let his hands be sufficient for him; and be thou an help to him from his enemies.  (Deuteronomy 33:  7, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Faithless Israel, Unfaithful Judah? (08/18/2017); Thoughts on Sexual Relationships (03/07/2017); Law Requires Genuine Righteousness (07/28/2016); Incest? (10/29/2015); Blessing and Inheritance from Abraham? (06/05/2014); On Christians Executing Judgment (06/06/2014); The Root of Jesse (01/03/2013); Newness of Spirit? (01/04/2013)

 

“Father Dickinson”, when responding to youth in Bible study and other groups within the community of faith, the safest course is to stick to the daily/weekly lesson book with its guides for teachers and other church workers.  An agreement should be in place that caretakers and teachers will refer children to their own parents for answers at home when responses to their many concerns and questions are not already agreed upon and set by the curriculum.   Given the primary focus and intent of church school studies are to establish the revelation of GOD through Jesus Christ, there are many points that could have been shared that would have been useful, and far less awkward for you.  Consider the following points:

(1.)  The laws regarding marriage as a social institution and codes of sexual behavior under the management of mankind were still developing.  Certainly, the cautions and prohibitions we practice today were not in place; and the detailed laws through the covenant of Moses were yet to become established. 

(2.)  Initially, Levirate marriage was used as a device to preserve tribal identity, cultural purity, sanctification (i.e., being set apart for use by GOD), and family stability among people who were essentially nomads defined by their association with one another, not their location, the property they owned, or territory on the earth.

(3.)  The denial of Tamar by Judah, as the head of a tribe of Jacob, to be properly acknowledged in marriage with his son was a violation of covenant law and promise.  The familial blessings and the priesthood bestowed by GOD to be the inheritance among the 12 sons of Jacob would be become shifted to no longer be on the basis of birth order.  Reuben would lose place to Joseph (Ephraim and Manasseh blessed at his death by Jacob), Joseph would lose place to Judah (blessed at his death by Moses), and Levi would have no inheritance as his brothers.

There is far more to be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Judah surrendered the emblems of lawful authority over the tribe bearing his name to Tamar.  The first acknowledgment of fault and sin recorded in the holy writings was made by Judah who did not continue in error, and acknowledged that the righteousness of Tamar as greater than his own.  She became the mother of twins, and her sons then became the forbearers of Messiah.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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Today, focus is on what the Lord endured before the cross at the hands of those denying both his deity and humanity.  As we are progressing to the annual Christian observance of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, acknowledging the passion and suffering of the Savior before his death and burial also require attention from mature believers.  Acceptance of Jesus Christ as Redeemer and Savior will appear where sacred operations of faith, holiness, trust in GOD, and other aspects from the makeup of divinity are confirmed to be active and present by the holy writings, and through living relationships.  The rejection of Jesus of Nazareth by all mankind as Messiah, Son of Man, and Son of GOD was accomplished by an unlikely pairing of the secular establishment (pictured in Pontius Pilate and Rome) and the religious establishment (pictured in Israel, the Sanhedrin, and the Temple at Jerusalem).  While remembrance of those sacred events may arouse dormant feelings of fear, guilt, shame, and spiritual weakness, successfully passing through the peculiar snare of challenges, feelings, and negative thoughts that oppose a sinner’s commitment to the Lord can result in holy fruit.  Like when limbs and boughs of a tree are pruned to produced more fruit, remembrance and godly sorrow within a believer should produce stronger faith.  One of the many fighters at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information shared) posted the following:

 

Last night, Jesus appeared to me in a dream and told me the Romans sodomized him before the crucifixion. Was he actually sodomized?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know:  Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain:  Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death:  because it was not possible that he should be holden of it.  For David speaketh concerning him, I foresaw the Lord always before my face, for he is on my right hand, that I should not be moved:  Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad; moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope:  Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.  Thou hast made known to me the ways of life; thou shalt make me full of joy with thy countenance.  Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day.  Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne;  He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption.  This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses.  (Acts 2:  22-32, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Complete Divine Revelation? (03/10/2017); GOD Knowing the Price? (06/15/2016); To Foster Godly Sorrow (03/11/2016); Jesus Under Judgment? (12/16/2015); Messiah and the Unthinkable? (09/25/2015); Divine Knowledge of Human Hurt? (03/02/2015); Jesus Scourged (04/05/2014); Brothers, Not Equals (04/06/2014); The Judges Who Condemned Jesus? (01/17/2014); About the Second Coming? (01/18/2014)
 

“Anonymous”, the question you have posed is posted in some form on a daily basis in the Public Forum and here at “Yahoo! Answers.”  Many Christian believers also continue to ask the same question (without using the insinuating, insulting, and suggestive language and wording).  Knowing that popular culture portrays ancient Egyptian, Greek, Roman and heathen peoples as delighting in many sexual practices that join cruelty, physical violence, debasing and despising others, and methods to “break” a person’s spirit, it is “natural” to consider whether the Savior was subjected to such treatment before being executed on the cross.

For most Christians, the thought of Christ being sexually abused is hateful, loathsome and repugnant, therefore, such considerations and issues are quickly dismissed, rejected, and suppressed.  However, young believers, “beginners” and those whose faith is still underdeveloped often become fascinated and fixed by what is believed a twisted, perhaps sick, and less productive focus.  The “official” record Christians rely on reports that Jesus was physically struck, spat upon, forced to wear a crown of thorns, scourged and whipped, yet, indicate that the Lamb of GOD did not endure any corruption and defilement during his arrest, during his trial, upon the cross, or within the grave.  This also includes defilement by fornication (i.e., impurity, pollution, and uncleanness of a person’s spirit content that can result through sexual joining).

Efforts were made while he was Incarnate on the earth, and are being made to this day while he is in the heaven as Risen Lord, that deny both the deity and the humanity of Jesus Christ.  Christian believers are cautious when assigning value to (i.e., approving, reviewing, judging) such sources as motion pictures, novels, and secular history.  A filmmaker shapes popular culture by delivering entertainment and products of imagination that may alter and distort the truth, however, believers are to be concerned with the sacred knowledge and spirit content a film may impart.  One now important source, THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST by Mel Gibson, has portrayed the sacred events surrounding the crucifixion in a manner many believers accept as authentic.  Even so, others feel the presentation of Christ being dehumanized is exaggerated and extreme.  Critics include those who express disappointment because the film did not show explicit scenes of debauchery, fornication, and graphic cinema sexuality.  In its place they found a shocking and sobering presentation of contempt, anti-Christ sentiment, and violence against Messianic belief.  Thus, the “final analysis” and evaluation for Gibson’s film proclaimed among mature believers should be that from their role as prophets and spokespersons for divinity, rather than expressions of a believer’s individual faith, lusts, or products of secular knowledge, carnal reason, popular science, and technical excellence.  Consider the following from the holy writings:

(1.)  Matthew 15:  17-19, King James Version (KJV:  17 Do not ye yet understand, that whatsoever entereth in at the mouth goeth into the belly, and is cast out into the draught?  18 But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.  19 For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:

(2.)  Mark 8:  27-33, KJV:  27 And Jesus went out, and his disciples, into the towns of Caesarea Philippi:  and by the way he asked his disciples, saying unto them, Whom do men say that I am?  28 And they answered, John the Baptist; but some say, Elias; and others, One of the prophets.  29 And he saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Peter answereth and saith unto him, Thou art the Christ.  30 And he charged them that they should tell no man of him.  31 And he began to teach them, that the Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders, and of the chief priests, and scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again.  32 And he spake that saying openly. And Peter took him, and began to rebuke him.  33 But when he had turned about and looked on his disciples, he rebuked Peter, saying, Get thee behind me, Satan:  for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but the things that be of men.

(3.)  Luke 22:  19-22, KJV:  19 And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you:  this do in remembrance of me.  20 Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.  21 But, behold, the hand of him that betrayeth me is with me on the table.  22 And truly the Son of man goeth, as it was determined:  but woe unto that man by whom he is betrayed!

(4.)  John 19:  1-7, KJV:  1 Then Pilate therefore took Jesus, and scourged him.  2 And the soldiers platted a crown of thorns, and put it on his head, and they put on him a purple robe,  3 And said, Hail, King of the Jews! and they smote him with their hands.  4 Pilate therefore went forth again, and saith unto them, Behold, I bring him forth to you, that ye may know that I find no fault in him.  5 Then came Jesus forth, wearing the crown of thorns, and the purple robe. And Pilate saith unto them, Behold the man!  6 When the chief priests therefore and officers saw him, they cried out, saying, Crucify him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Take ye him, and crucify him:  for I find no fault in him.  7 The Jews answered him, We have a law, and by our law he ought to die, because he made himself the Son of God.

(5.)  Hebrews 7:  25-27, KJV:  25 Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.  26 For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens;  27 Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people’s:  for this he did once, when he offered up himself.  28 For the law maketh men high priests which have infirmity; but the word of the oath, which was since the law, maketh the Son, who is consecrated for evermore.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (6.)  Philippians 4:  8, KJV:  8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; (Jeremiah 1:  5, New International Version, NIV)

 

Today, topics include discernment, judging character, and knowing and reading the hearts of others.  While it may be involuntary, unintended, and unplanned, men eventually expose their private feelings, hidden motives and secret thoughts, for all upon the earth become transparent through their own actions and words.  Jesus knew that many among those drawn to his ministry mistakenly expected the Messiah to overthrow the Romans by miracles and warfare, and to reestablish their former glory through a new Jewish kingdom.  Thus, the Savior realized many were coming to him filled with ambition, covetousness, greed, ignorance of prophecy, selfish interpretations of divine law, and exaggerated pride.  In this sense, Jesus was prepared by the Holy Spirit with “a knowledge of all men.”  Just as sinners are provided with divine law to correctly recognize and resist sin, born-again believers in Jesus Christ are provided with divine standards and tools for recognizing authentic instruction and testimony from GOD, sacred truth, those who are sent, and the fruit of divine plantings.  Believers are not to be ignorant of current affairs, secular history, and ongoing realities, however, they are not to be distracted or drawn away by such things from their primary spiritual concerns.  As with the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Christian believers will make no use of “brain washing,” hypnosis, “mind control,” or techniques to overthrow the humanity and wholeness of other persons.  One of the fighters at “Yahoo! Answers (Singapore)” using the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information shared) posted the following:

 

Christians do you believe it is possible to read hearts?

A person who can read hearts could be in the same room with someone and almostly immediately be able to tell if the other person us evil between a few seconds and a few minutes. According to legend some of the saints could read hearts.

Update: Anne Arkey it sounds like you may have the gift of reading hearts. It’s kind of like a 6th sense. It is heightened psychological awareness

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.  But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit:  for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.  For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.  Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.  Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.  But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God:  for they are foolishness unto him:  neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.  But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.  For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? but we have the mind of Christ.  (1st Corinthians 2:  9-16, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  “Only GOD Can Judge”? (02/28/2017); Temporal and Eternal Judgment (02/15/2017); Knowing GOD and Sin? (02/03/2017); The Two-edged Sword (01/09/2017); Judgment Focused On Content? (08/30/2016); About Other People’s Beliefs (06/22/2016); A Fool of the Church? (01/26/2016)

 

“Anonymous”, the ability to “read hearts” that is provided by GOD to those in the ministry of Jesus Christ is properly called “discernment” that allows correct recognition and response to spirit content from the makeup of GOD that resides within events, in oneself, in others, in the holy writings, etc.  Believers often must become aware of what is unseen.  Even so, focus is not upon emotions, feelings, and sentiment so much as on divine intent, eternal purpose, and the active presence of the holy.  Specific indicators and patterns accompany divine operations in the life such as rebirth through water baptism, love, the fruit of the Spirit, and zeal.  New believers often err thinking that, as the Son of GOD, Jesus could “read” another person’s mind (we say, ESP (extra sensory psychic communication); telepathy), and that he was a “good judge of human character.”  More correctly, the Savior had to “grow up” operating under the same dictates of divine law and finite human nature as we must do today.  Jesus demonstrated receiving and applying divine gifts that further equip believers to avoid the snares and traps used by the Adversary, corrupt officials, deceivers, and false prophets.  Because of the proclamations and promises granted through the prophets, Jesus expected men would be ready to gladly answer the new creation with its opportunities and possibilities for eternal life.  Adjusting to their disappointing response, the Lord acknowledged that all mankind continues in the inheritance of sin from Adam, and that the comfort zone for many is to rely upon animal herding instincts, social customs, and long-held tradition.  Thus, like Jesus, we are to share salvation through Spirit, not through argument, carnal reason, debate, and persuasion.  Consider the following points from the holy writings:

(1.)  Jeremiah 14:  13-15, King James Version (KJV):  13 Then said I, Ah, Lord GOD! behold, the prophets say unto them, Ye shall not see the sword, neither shall ye have famine; but I will give you assured peace in this place.  14 Then the LORD said unto me, The prophets prophesy lies in my name:  I sent them not, neither have I commanded them, neither spake unto them:  they prophesy unto you a false vision and divination, and a thing of nought, and the deceit of their heart.  15 Therefore thus saith the LORD concerning the prophets that prophesy in my name, and I sent them not, yet they say, Sword and famine shall not be in this land; By sword and famine shall those prophets be consumed.

(2.)  Jeremiah 17:  9-10, KJV:  9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked:  who can know it?  10 I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.

(3.)  Isaiah 8:  20, KJV:  20 To the law and to the testimony:  if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.

(4.)  Hebrews 4:  12-13, KJV:  12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.  13 Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight:  but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.

(5.)  Luke 6:  6-11, KJV:  6 And it came to pass also on another sabbath, that he entered into the synagogue and taught:  and there was a man whose right hand was withered.  7 And the scribes and Pharisees watched him, whether he would heal on the sabbath day; that they might find an accusation against him.  8 But he knew their thoughts, and said to the man which had the withered hand, Rise up, and stand forth in the midst. And he arose and stood forth.  9 Then said Jesus unto them, I will ask you one thing; Is it lawful on the sabbath days to do good, or to do evil? to save life, or to destroy it?  10 And looking round about upon them all, he said unto the man, Stretch forth thy hand. And he did so:  and his hand was restored whole as the other.  11 And they were filled with madness; and communed one with another what they might do to Jesus.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (6.)  John 2:  23-25, KJV:  23 Now when he was in Jerusalem at the passover, in the feast day, many believed in his name, when they saw the miracles which he did.  24 But Jesus did not commit himself unto them, because he knew all men,  25 And needed not that any should testify of man:  for he knew what was in man.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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Today, thoughts are shared on the birth of Jesus and the establishment of lasting covenants among the Jews as a people through their rejection of the Lord as Messiah and Savior.  Christian believers are commanded to pray for Jerusalem and all Israel.  As we go forward to the year 2017, many around the world also are willing to discharge their duty to be allies with the Jews by sharing admonitions, cautions, prophecy, reminders, and sacred warnings.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:  Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:  In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:  Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:  For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers:  all things were created by him, and for him:  And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.  And he is the head of the body, the church:  who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.  For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;  And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.  And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled  In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight:  (Colossians 1:  12-22, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Christus Natus Est Nobis (12/29/2016); A Child Is Born (12/28/2016); The Birth of Jesus (12/27/2016); The Divine Christmas Gifts? (12/26/2016); The Peace of Christmas? (12/25/2016); Built Upon the Rock (12/23/2016); The Meaning of Christmas? (12/22/2016)

 

The kingdom of GOD proclaimed through the birth, death on the cross, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus Christ generated only one authentic covenant from GOD for a new Creation to replace the universe soiled by sin both in heaven and upon the earth.  The Savior appeared as a newborn king among the Jews in furtherance of the ongoing covenant of Moses, and fulfillment of divine promises and prophecy.  A new covenant also was advanced in his blood that would permit access to GOD through atonement and propitiation for sin.  Where the Jews rejected the Nazarene as the Messiah who should come, they also unknowingly entered into accords that were in opposition to divine law and the eternal purposes of GOD.  Included were agreements to (1) dismiss the miracles, acts of faith, reverence for the law, and prophetic demonstrations shared by Jesus and his followers; (2) engage the “law and the prophets” without “the prophets”; (3.) as Sadducees, deny the resurrection of Jesus and the existence of the imparted Spirit from GOD; (4) unanimously demand the crucifixion of Jesus; (5) submit themselves and their future generations to whatever would be the consequences or punishment for rejecting the Redeemer as the promised Messiah; (6) put forth false witness against Christ in judgment; (7) quench the hope of Jesus returning soon Judge and King of Kings; and (8) limit themselves to expressing only an “antichrist spirit.”  Consider again the following from the holy writings:

(1.)  Isaiah 28:  5-13, King James Version (KJV):  5 In that day shall the LORD of hosts be for a crown of glory, and for a diadem of beauty, unto the residue of his people,  6 And for a spirit of judgment to him that sitteth in judgment, and for strength to them that turn the battle to the gate.  7 But they also have erred through wine, and through strong drink are out of the way; the priest and the prophet have erred through strong drink, they are swallowed up of wine, they are out of the way through strong drink; they err in vision, they stumble in judgment.  8 For all tables are full of vomit and filthiness, so that there is no place clean.  9 Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts.  10 For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:  11 For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people.  12 To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing:  yet they would not hear.  13 But the word of the LORD was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken.

(2.)  Romans 10:  2-10, KJV:  2 For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge.  3 For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.  4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.  5 For Moses describeth the righteousness which is of the law, That the man which doeth those things shall live by them.  6 But the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise, Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above:)  7 Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.)  8 But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart:  that is, the word of faith, which we preach;  9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (3.)  John 1:  10-13, KJV:  10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.  11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not.  12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:  13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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Today, points are shared on the account in Scripture of Jesus cursing a barren fig tree.  In addition to the operations of divine authority, faith, and sovereign will, the account speaks to false appearances and deception, the readiness of Israel to receive the Messiah at his Advent, the completeness and finality of coming judgment, sin as failure to respond to divine will, and the character of obedience as a demand upon all that exists, not merely all the living.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers (Canada)” using the ID “Violation Nation!!” (Level 5 with 8,513 points, a member since November 08, 2014) posted the following:

 

Why did the Fig Tree choose to disobey Jesus’ orders? Didn’t the Tree know that Jesus is the son of God?

Trees are not like us; they have no free will to disobey. This tree had no right and deserved the LORD’s punishment.

I believe in this you guys?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding.  Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it?  Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof;  When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?  Or who shut up the sea with doors, when it brake forth, as if it had issued out of the womb?  When I made the cloud the garment thereof, and thick darkness a swaddlingband for it,  And brake up for it my decreed place, and set bars and doors,  And said, Hitherto shalt thou come, but no further:  and here shall thy proud waves be stayed?  Hast thou commanded the morning since thy days; and caused the dayspring to know his place;  That it might take hold of the ends of the earth, that the wicked might be shaken out of it?  (Job 38:  4-13, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Divine not Demonic Process? (11/02/2014); The Barren Tree? (12/06/2013); Fruits From a Barren Tree? (12/07/2013); On Testing GOD (06/20/2013); GOD Grants License? (06/21/2013); Commanding the Storm? (05/08/2013); Death Has Been Transformed (05/09/2013); Destroyed in Noah’s Flood? (04/28/2013); Both Born Holy? (04/29/2013)

 

“Violation Nation!!”, there are many points of instruction through the account of the barren fig tree.  Christian believers often acknowledge the account of Jesus cursing the fig tree as being a spiritual object lesson and parable that focuses on Israel’s rejection of Jesus as the one sent to reign as Christ and Messiah.  At the time of the Savior’s birth, multiple prophets and kings already had been sent to prepare the nation as GOD’s covenant partner and instrument to establish a divine ruler on the earth at his coming.  In the incident, Jesus was on his way to the temple, was hungry, and approached the fig tree seeing it from a distance as healthy and sound.  The fig tree appeared abundant and full, yet was barren.  Even so, his expectation of being fed was not grounded in “natural law” and the flesh so much as in his authority as the Son of GOD, the maker and owner of the fig tree, who was requiring there be a response to his sovereign will.  Also, Jesus is the Son of Man correcting the response of the pair in Eden, who were deceived and misled regarding a tree and its fruit.  The recognition of Christ was to be on the basis of containing aspects of the Savior’s inborn Spirit.  Thus, Satan appeared, yet, did not recognize Christ upon the earth as the Son who commanded in heaven, and even offered Jesus an earthly kingdom as a reward for worship.  While the operations of sin see the domination of awareness and self-will in created beings and living creatures, sin is a condition and an effect that goes beyond iniquity and willful disobedience.  Sin opposes the continued existence of divine law (i.e., the will of GOD expressed), GOD as the Law Giver, and all Creation that relies on sacred law for divine order.  The fig tree may have had no self-awareness and personal power as an angel or a man, yet, was no less to respond to preeminent divinity.  Sin corrupts (i.e., introduces decay, rot, uncleanness), makes unfit to serve GOD, and removes spiritual purity.  Thus, judgment and the flood of Noah came against the entire earth, not just the people on it; and a final judgment will be followed by the establishment of a new heaven and earth.

There is far more to be said, understood, and spiritually apprehended.  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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Today, experience, knowledge and wisdom from GOD are topics along with suffering and the ministries of David the son of Jesse.  A new writer  at “Yahoo! Answers (India)” using the ID “robyn” (Level 1 with 95 points, a member since October 30, 2016) posted the following:

 

What does it mean I was young but Am now old psalms 37.25?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:  And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD;  And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD:  and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears:  But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth:  and he shall smite the earth:  with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked.  And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins.  The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.  And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together:  and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.  And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice’ den.  They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain:  for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.  And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek:  and his rest shall be glorious.  (Isaiah 11:  1-10, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  How To Get Faith? (10/10/2016); Anointed, Consecrated and Installed (08/04/2016); GOD Within Christian Believers (07/31/2016); To Foster Godly Sorrow (03/11/2016); Called of GOD? (08/02/2015); The Priesthood of Kings (10/17/2012); Childlike Faith (10/18/2012)

 

“robyn”, those who serve the Lord in the most sensitive and useful sacred roles must receive life essence (breath, spirit, word) from GOD and acquire sacred knowledge.  Mature Christian believers receive Psalms 37 as words from the prophet and psalmist David, the son of Jesse, whom GOD anointed and called into service while still a teenager keeping his father’s sheep.  Early in his ministry that concluded with his rule as king over the covenant peoples of GOD, David shared sacred testimony and witness regarding the active presence of GOD within mankind by using the devices of psalms and music to impart spirit content from the makeup of Deity.  Included are faith, forbearance, forgiveness, holiness, longsuffering, love, meekness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  To prophecy is to comfort, edify (build up; reinforce the power and strength of ones spirit), exhort (urge to take correct, godly action), and unselfishly serve (we say, minister) through praise, prayer, and thanksgiving.  The endowment imparted to David sanctified him to serve in multiple sacred roles.  Thus, just as he operated as King over a unified nation (that later became 2 separate kingdoms), David served as Commander of the Army, an embodiment of earlier men in service to GOD (e.g., Adam, Abraham, Moses) and Messiah who would come from his loins, Judge (one sent to deliver the people of GOD), High Priest, a spokesperson for both divinity and humanity as well as one who endures suffering.  As part of his work to return the Ark of the Covenant to the tabernacle, and establish a Temple and Sanctuary to honor GOD, David behaved as the High Priest by organizing the service rotations for the Priests and Levites, and establishing the use of psalms as liturgy.  An indispensable aspect of service to divinity is the work of revealing GOD to be the source for ones awareness and will power (we say, self-will) that equip the living to undergo unwanted changes, conflict, confusion, hardship, homelessness, fear, and uncertainty as well as discernment to recognize and resist sin.  The wisdom that comes with aging, growing up, and maturing (we say, “the wisdom of years”) often is made up of secular knowledge only, and is not useful for the higher roles of sacred service.  Consider the following:

(1.)  Job 32:  5-13, King James Version (KJV):  5 When Elihu saw that there was no answer in the mouth of these three men, then his wrath was kindled.  6 And Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite answered and said, I am young, and ye are very old; wherefore I was afraid, and durst not shew you mine opinion.  7 I said, Days should speak, and multitude of years should teach wisdom.  8 But there is a spirit in man:  and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding. 9 Great men are not always wise:  neither do the aged understand judgment.  10 Therefore I said, Hearken to me; I also will shew mine opinion.  11 Behold, I waited for your words; I gave ear to your reasons, whilst ye searched out what to say.  12 Yea, I attended unto you, and, behold, there was none of you that convinced Job, or that answered his words:  13 Lest ye should say, We have found out wisdom:  God thrusteth him down, not man.

(2.)  John 3:  4-12, KJV:  4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?  5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.  6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.  7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.  8 The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth:  so is every one that is born of the Spirit.  9 Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things be?  10 Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things?  11 Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness.  12 If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (3.)  1st Timothy 4:  11-13, KJV:  11 These things command and teach.  12 Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.  13 Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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Today, topics include the divine commandments to love ones enemy.  Believers are to conform to and manifest the image of Christ.  The armies of Israel were created by GOD to execute and demonstrate peace as the fruit and outcome of judgment, not to serve as conquerors, or those who pursue warfare for economic and political gain.  Traditions of combativeness against “the heathen,” exclusion, prejudice, and segregation became “survival mechanisms” within the culture of the Jews.  Along with exile (lawful eviction from their inheritance carried out by GOD) and captivity (forced labor and relocation imposed by men after defeat in war), wounds to the covenant people included centuries of continual harassment and resistance by those being ousted by GOD from the Promised Land and the remnant of their nations as well as scars from the judgments against Egypt, against the seven tribes of Canaan who broke their covenant with GOD, and against those who doubted prophecy and opposed Moses.  At the coming of Jesus as Messiah, the culture of the Jews was disbelieving, faithless, hostile, suspicious, and vindictive.  Cleansing and renewal through Jesus Christ addressed accomplishing repentance, salvation, and correct relationship with GOD through forbearance, forgiveness, and rebirth as vessels of the imparted, indwelling Spirit of GOD.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Halbhh” (Level 6 with 18,197 points, a member since January 23, 2012) posted the following:

 

What is the meaning of Jesus’s radical command “Love your enemies”?

Update: The full quote, for reference:
“43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47 And if you greet only your own people… “

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:  Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw.  Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein:  for the time is at hand.  John to the seven churches which are in Asia:  Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne;  And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,  And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.  Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him:  and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.  I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.  (Revelation 1:  1-8, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Does GOD Hate Jews? (10/03/2016); The GOD Who Loves? (10/02/2016); Divine and Unconditional Love (09/18/2016);  Learning From A Spirit? (08/25/2016); It Takes The Cross (04/22/2016); Tools for Revelation? (10/26/2015);  Why the Jews Were Called Out? (06/15/2015)

 

“Halbhh”, love is one of the elements that set apart (we say, exalts and sanctifies) the Creator who is owner and ruler above his Creation.  Herein is love:  As both the Son of Man (Adam) and an embodiment of full divinity, Jesus Christ established new access to GOD the Father through operations and gifts from the Holy Spirit.  The Savior fulfilled prophecy; became the required sacrifice for atonement and propitiation of sin; clarified and proclaimed eternal purposes and sacred law while providing further revelation of the character, makeup, and substance of GOD.  Because finite, mortal beings must operate using frameworks of time and space, life experiences for mankind are brief, discontinuous, and episodic.  Even so, the living are not valued as mere material objects.  Intimate and lasting communication, exchange, and interaction as ongoing relationship with the Creator has been structured making allowances for the multiple interruptions and shifts caused through the discrete attributes of the living.  Included are appetite; death (we say, sleep); gradual development to maturity; human error and inconsistency; incontinence; instability; and exhaustion of physical strength and intensity for ones senses.  GOD has used devices such as covenants; diversity rather than change; family, dynasty and inheritance; promises; and the death of Jesus on the cross to bridge the separation from divine immutability, incorruptibility, and invisibility.  Through the ministries of Jesus upon the earth and from heaven, mankind may receive inseparable aspects of the divine makeup as a fresh endowment of life essence (breath, spirit, word, utterance) required for created beings to exist as companions to the Maker.  In addition to divine love, deposits of faith, holiness, longsuffering, meekness, wisdom, and wrath against sin should appear.  Consider again how some of this is stated using language from the Bible:

(1.)  1st John 4:  9-11, King James Version (KJV):  9 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.  10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.  11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.

(2.)  1st John 4:  16-18, KJV:  16 And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.  17 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment:  because as he is, so are we in this world.  18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear:  because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.

(3.)  Ephesians 2:  8-10, KJV:  8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves:  it is the gift of God:  9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.  10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Romans 8:  5-9, KJV:  5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.  6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.  7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God:  for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.  8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.  9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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